North Yorkshire and South Durham Arts Society has successfully continued its 2020/2021 programme on Zoom. Although the group is eager to meet again at Blackwell Grange Hotel when it re-opens in September, one exciting advantage of online lectures is that they can engage with speakers from far afield. In celebration of this, the society has arranged an extra online lecture which is open for anyone to join as a guest.

Special lecture ‘The State of British Crafts’ by Dr Jonathan Foyle is on Wednesday 24th March 2021 at 7.30pm.
Jonathan Foyle has written extensively about craftspeople, their passions , skills and materials.  Some of them believe they are the last practitioners of their craft. How and why do people transform raw materials into works of art, utility, beauty? How do they see their prospects as inheritors and conduits of handcrafted tradition in an industrialised world of mass production?
Dr Foyle was Chief Executive of World Monuments Fund Britain for eight years and Curator of Historic Buildings at Hampton Court, also for eight years, during which time he gained his PhD on reconstructing Wolsey’s Palace. He is a feature writer for the Financial Times on issues of architecture, history and crafts. Dr Foyle has written several cathedral monographs and has presented numerous television series, including Henry VIII Patron or Plunderer?  (BBC4),  and Climbing Great Buildings  (BBC2). He lectures frequently on a range of art-historical topics.
He brings teaching experience as a former Course Director for the University of Cambridge Summer Schools and is Honorary Professor in Conservation at the University of Lincoln.
  • If you would like to attend the lecture, the cost is £7 ( £5 For Art Society members)
  • Please contact Vice-Chair David Phillips at for payment details and to arrange to receive the Zoom link